An automated external defibrillator more commonly known as (AED) is a portable, lightweight electronic device that is used in emergencies to deliver electric shocks to the victim whose suffering from cardiac arrest. An AED is considered as one of the most vital devices in saving the life of people in case of a sudden cardiac arrest. For this reason, I recommend everyone to always equip themselves with an AED. Lets have a look at some of the best AEDs available in the market plus their comparison in terms of their quality, price and functionality.Z
Zoll AED Plus Package with Defibrillator Batteries and Pad
Best AED for the price for the untrained would be Zoll’s AED plus which sells for around $1699. This would be the best for the untrained bystander because it gives voice and visual prompts to the responder for CPR speed and depth and monitors what the responder is doing and gives suggestions like “go deeper” when necessary. It also does self tests to minimize maintenance snafus.
Heartsine Samaritan PAD 350P
Another AED for untrained rescuer would be the Heartsine Samaritan PAD 350P which sells for around $1295. The Heartsine 350 has adult and ped pads. It has a voice prompt and metronome counter to assist the responder in providing high quality CPR. It combines pad and battery warranty for easier maintenance. It also conducts self tests and lets the responder know it is ready for use. It has an IP rating of 5 – 6 which is very good.
Philips Heartstart FRX
Best AED for the trained professional first responder would be Philips Heartstart FRX which sells for around $1559. This would be the best for the trained first reponder, EMT, firefighter, police officer. The FRX is a rugged machine that withstands punishment and has a dust and water protection rating of 5 which is among the best. It also conducts self tests and uses one size pad with child key. The Heartstart FRX has an 8 year warranty.
Physio Control, LifePAK 1000 AED
Best AED for combined professionals including Paramedics would be Physio Control, LifePAK 1000 which sells for around $2595. It has a LCD display and can shock at variable escalating Jules. It has a shock counter and adapts to the ALS unit. It also has visual and voice prompts, has 3 lead connectors for matching ALS units. It also conducts self tests regularly and signals if something is wrong. The LifePAK 1000 has a 5 year warranty.
Zoll AED Pro
Another AED designed for the trained rescuer and advanced personnel is the Zoll AED Pro which sells for $2895. For the price you get a rugged cased unit with audio and visual prompts, convertible to ALS with available data download. It also incorporates a new technology that adjusts the shock power in Jules from 150 to 360 depending on its diagnosis of patient’s need. The AED Pro has a 7 year warranty.
Now, if I was going to recommend one AED for the untrained bystander it would be Zoll’s AED Plus.
If I was going to recommend one AED for the untrained bystander and professional it would be the Phillips Heartstart FRX.
If I was going to recommend one AED for the trained professional and ALS assist it would be the Physio Lifepac 1000.
The following comparison chart will help you decide which AED to buy:
Hope this helps you in your endeavors.